Paul Carayas is a Sommelier and has had a career in hospitality for the past twenty years. In this time, he has worked in the wine industry for ten years and ran multiple wine programs across the peninsula. Carayas has spent the last four years at Chez TJ and has obtained Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator since 2016. When looking for different wines to incorporate in the Chez TJ wine program, Carayas tends to include different wines from all over the globe. Although he does appreciate large wine houses, he tends to look for more boutique winemakers that have more obscure wines. Carayas aims to showcase extraordinary wine producers that are typically difficult to find, allowing for Chez TJ guests to experience new wines each visit.
Although Carayas is a native New Yorker, he has lived all over the United States. His passion for wine began while he was living in Santa Barbara in his twenties. After this, Carayas was mentored by a sommelier who helped him develop his skills. This mentorship allowed for Carayas to dive into the wine industry and become the excellent sommelier he is today.